Serena claims 'discrimination' over drug tests

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USA tennis star Serena Williams has suggested discrimination is the reason behind the frequency with which she is selected for anti-doping tests.

Serena Williams says she is being discriminated against with the frequency she has to go through drug testing. In a Tuesday night tweet, she wrote that "it's been proven I'm the one getting tested the most". If you think about it, anyone would logically think about it that I would otherwise have to be home 24 hours a day, or I get a missed test.

"But I'm ready to do whatever it takes to have a clean sport so bring it on".

The USADA database was last updated July 20, but it says that Williams has been tested five times in 2018 (which is already known from a Deadspin piece report between the French Open and Wimbledon about a freaky encounter between Williams and a USADA agent, in which the agent waited for Williams in her home before Williams refused to submit to the test). Williams addressed the issue at a media conference ahead of Wimbledon and claimed then she was being "pushed out" of tennis. An article published by website Deadspin in June revealed that Williams had been tested out of competition by the US Anti-Doping Agency (Usada) on five occasions in 2018.

However, her numbers pale in comparison to some others with many professional fighters having more than 10 tests in the first part of the year - boxer Errol Spence, the IBF welterweight champion, has been tested 17 times to July 20.

After being forced to withdraw from the French Open due to an injury, Williams went all the way to the Wimbledon finals this year, where she eventually lost to Angelique Kerber. Speaking at the All-England Club before the tournament, Williams said: "How is it I'm getting tested five times in June?" It's such an unbelievable sport. If that's testing everyone five times, let's do it.

"I feel like it is equality, that's all I've been preaching, it's all about equality".

"It's just about being equal and not centring one person out. She has always been a fighter and she is proving it once again".

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